New Castlegar ‘my-waste’™ mobile App puts garbage/recycling collection information on your smartphone
Easy-to-find information when and where you want it
If you are one of the growing number of people who has a smartphone or tablet, you can download a City of Castlegar App that puts garbage, recycling, special waste collection details and much more at your fingertips, anytime you want them.
“The City of Castlegar is pleased to announce that we’ve just launched a mobile App that contains all of the information people need to know, tailored specifically to their neighbourhoods, about our residential garbage and recycling services,” said councillor Chernoff.
Called ‘my-waste’™, the app lets mobile device users download the full range of information that is normally on the website or in the collection schedule that Castlegar distributes. But now residents don’t have to go hunting for the printed schedule or be sitting in front of their computers. Instead, by downloading ‘my-waste’™, Castlegar residents can check details and set reminders for every collection type, find out exactly what to do with any item, access important local contacts and so much more.
Special features of the Castlegar ‘my-waste’™ App include a “What Goes Where?” search function that lets residents quickly find information about what to do with a regular or out-of-the-ordinary item. This includes the location, hours of operation, fees and accepted items for landfills and other drop-off locations. Apartment and condo residents can also access information about the programs that matter to them, plus tips on reducing and reusing in their buildings.
“The Castlegar ‘my-waste’™ App also includes a special “report-a-problem” function that allows residents to report non-emergency municipal problems like missed collections, illegal dumping, overflowing public garbage or recycling bins, potholes, burned out traffic or street lights and more. The report-a-problem feature uses the smartphone’s GPS positioning system and built in camera. All they have to do is select the report-a-problem function, take a picture and the problem is automatically emailed to us,” Councillor Chernoff said.
The City of Castlegar ‘my-waste’™ download is free. Residents can get it by going to www.my-waste.mobi/BC-Castlegar/, then selecting the icon link either to the iPhone/iPad or Android App store. “Once residents have downloaded the app, they can set it up to give them regular reminders for any of the collection programs. For example, they can set a reminder for the day that recycling is collected or they can set up alerts just for household hazardous or electronic waste collection days,” Councillor Chernoff said.
“This is a new way for us to connect with residents about our resource recovery and waste diversion programs. We’ll be able to update the information on the App as necessary during the year, so it will always be current. Residents will never forget a collection day and that should lead to increased recycling rates. Everybody wins,” he said.
Sales of smartphones and tablets reportedly are growing rapidly. 53% of North Americans are now using a smartphone, with the majority of those between the ages of 25-34. The majority of internet-connected devices sold are now smartphones and tablets.
The City of Castlegar is adding the ‘my-waste’™ App to its communication outreach activities. It will continue to distribute printed materials and have information on the website for residents who prefer traditional promotional and educational materials.
For more information, visit www.castlegar.ca or call the City of Castlegar at 250-365-7227.